When it comes to oral health, there’s a lot of focus on the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. But, gum health is just as important. Unhealthy gums can contribute to serious diseases, and can also be a cause of tooth loss. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits help keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Gums and Your Oral Health
Having healthy gums is crucial to good dental well-being because your gums help protect your teeth from decay.
Gum disease and recession contribute to tooth infection and loss for a couple of reasons. Without healthy gum tissue, the roots of teeth would be exposed and highly vulnerable to infection. As the gums weaken, the connective tissue that helps hold teeth in place break down. This means teeth loosen in their sockets and eventually they may fall out.
The Link Between Gum Health and General Health
Healthy gums are vital for good oral health, but there’s a growing amount of evidence that shows how important they are for general health, too.
For instance, there’s a mutual connection between gum disease and diabetes. People with diabetes have a harder time controlling their blood sugar if they also have gum disease. Additionally, having diabetes makes it harder to fight infections, making it harder to manage gum disease, too.
There is also some evidence that gum disease may contribute to the risk of heart disease and stroke. This connection is still being studied, but so far, it is clear that poor gum health increases a person’s risk for poor cardiovascular health.
See Your Dentist Regularly to Keep Gums Healthy
Gum health is important for your oral and general health. To keep gums as healthy as possible, see your dentist at least twice a year.
Holistic Dentistry helps you take care of your oral health—including care that prevents gum disease—with professional dental cleanings and preventative treatments. Call 212-732-2200 to make an appointment for your next checkup.